Thursday, 5 July 2012


As anticipated, I concluded my service to our congregation on June 30th. I had one more commitment — leading worship for Third Avenue U.C. on July First — Canada Day — and that went well, too.

Our minister, B, started working part-time in July, and will be back full time in September. (Before I left, I arranged things in such a way that he would not even have to work full-time in August, as well.)

I am glad I had the opportunity to serve our congregation (and our neighbouring congregation as part of the "package").

I found that I was much more relaxed in my work, and that things came together for me in very different ways from how I had experienced them in the past. The ideas were a bit sharper, and were n to as hard to put together. I also felt more natural, just getting up and talking to people. But then, for the first time, I was not taking a full text into the pulpit, as I had in the past. That felt very affirming, that I could trust my mind.

I also felt I had a much better grasp on things which were happening in the congregation. Not necessary happy things. But things which were important.

Would I do it again? Probably. If I were needed. But to tell you the truth, I like being retired. I realize that I am not as young as I used to be, and I like a more relaxed approach to life. Particularly when I can give more time to my reading and writing, and hobbies, and family.


Jackie said...

It sounds like the ministry that you had was a wonderful one for you, for the congregation, and for Minister B. Thank you for serving, Rob.
Like you, I enjoy being retired.
May God continue to bless you, my friend.

Rob-bear said...

® Jackie: Thanks for finding me all the way over here — far from my usual hangouts. I always appreciate your support and thoughtfulness. Blessings, my friend.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It's great you're enjoying being retired so much.

Rob-bear said...

I do enjoy being retired. It gives me the chance to do so many things.

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